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Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 2 December 2013

3 December 2013 1 comment

 

 

 

– Politics on Nine To Noon –

 

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– Monday 2 December 2013 –

 

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– Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams –

 

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Today on Politics on Nine To Noon,

 

 

 

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Click to Listen: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams ( 18′ 26″  )

 

 

 

This week:

  • the Christchurch East by-election and its ramifications;
  • Chorus, broadband pricing over the copper network, the Commerce Commission, and the political ramifications;
  • leadership of the Green Party,
  • and Hawkes Bay and the potential for a super council.

Some interesting and sound analysis from right wing commentator, Matthew Hooton. Is Matthew seeing the “light” and moving to the left as he grows older and wiser?

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Radio NZ: Focus on Politics for 22 November 2013

25 November 2013 Leave a comment

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– Focus on Politics –

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– Friday 22 November 2013  –

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– Brent Edwards –

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A weekly analysis of significant political issues.

Friday after 6:30pm and Saturday at 5:10pm

This week voters in Christchurch East will head to the polls next weekend to decide who’ll be their next member of Parliament.

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Click to listen: Focus on Politics for 22 November 2013 ( 16′ 15″ )

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Acknowledgement: Radio NZ

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Money in the Banks…

28 April 2012 4 comments

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ACT Party Utter Nutters

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As if the “Tea Party” fiasco wasn’t sufficient, John Banks – leader of the “1 Percent Party” (aka ACT)  – is now embroiled in another scandal:  undeclared or wrongly-declared campaign donations,

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Banks did not reveal SkyCity as big donor

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Dotcom's secret donation to Banks

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If these allegations are proven, Banks’ career as a politician has screeched to a grinding stop. He will be lucky if any subsequent police investigation does not result in a prosecution, as happened with ex-Labour MP, Phillip Taito Fields.

Should Banks be forced to vacate his seat, that would force an automatic by-election.  The chances are that the Right would probably win any such contest. Epsom is still a blue-ribbon electorate.

See: previous election results for Epsom.

In terms of Parliamentary numbers for the government, it doesn’t matter if a National or ACT candidate wins it. They maintain their one-seat majority.

What will matter is that if National wins and the ACT loses Epsom, then the Nats will no longer have an excuse to implement right wing policies such as Charter Schools. That was an ACT policy, not National.

National would be within it’s rights to dump it, should they regain Epsom.

If they don’t, it would be a fairly dramatic indication to the public that the Nats are moving to the Right, regardless of their coalition deal with ACT.

That should give pause for thought for many voters.

On a related thought, the Banks/donations scandal is yet more convincing proof (not that we really needed it) that this government is shonkey and has no hesitation in engaging in secret, back-room dealing. New Zealanders should be very cautious in continuing to support National.

Very rarely do we have an opportunity to glimpse the secret deals taking place behind closed doors. As this blogger wrote in the previous blogpieces, Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How  and Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Rua),

Once upon a time, at the bottom of the world, there was a small country that prided itself on being a fair, open, and uncorrupted society.

I’m no longer sure about the last bit.

Last year, Transparency International ranked New Zealand as the #1 least corrupt nation on Earth. We ranked above Denmark (#2), Finland (#3), Sweden  (#4), Singapore (#5),  and  Norway (#6).

I’m no longer certain we deserve that top ranking, either.

The further that the Sky City/Convention Centre and Crafar farm deals are  scrutinised – the stronger the odour of something unpleasant fills our nostrils.”

As for who might be a suitable candidate to contest Epsom; considering it’s conservative, Tory nature, this could be a job for the former Member for Tauranga,

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Winston Peters

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The most suitable candidate would be the highest polling person from any given Opposition Party. In fact, this might be a suitable occassion to employ the US style of “Primaries“, where a candidate is selected from a group, to go up against the incumbent.

Should National or ACT lose Epsom (unlikely) this government will fall.

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TV3 John Campbell: Banks knew about ‘anonymous’ Dotcom donation – reports

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We have one year

14 December 2011 Leave a comment

… before John Key sells our first publicly-owned, state asset,

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In that one year, the government will be highly vulnerable to the following,

  • A growing public resentment and opposition to asset sales, putting pressure on National MPs – especially those like Nicky Wagner   (Majority: 47)  and  Nikki Kaye     (majority: 717 )    – who stand to lose their respective electorate because of narrow majorities.
  • Public pressure on Peter Dunne.
  • A defection from National’s ranks.
  • A by-election should one of National’s MPs be forced to resign for whatever reason. There were four by-elections, during the previous Parliamentary term.

John Key must be praying that every single one of his MPs remains healthy; scandal-free; and dedicated to the National Party.

It would take the loss of only one MP from National’s ranks for Key’s house-of-cards to come crashing down.

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